Fatal Crash On Interstate 91

HARTLAND - A Trucker from Troy Vermont was killed in a crash on Interstate 91 early Monday morning near White River Junction.

It happened shortly before 6:00 AM Monday April 5th, when tractor trailer truck driver Gary Starr, 66 of Jay, Vermont was traveling southbound on interstate 91 when his rig experienced issues, He pulled over into the breakdown lane turning on his four-way flashers and set up multiple traffic triangles behind his vehicle. Starr then began to walk down the southbound lane when he was then fatally struck by a 2013 Dodge Dart driven by Tristan Blanchard, 35, from North Springfield.


It all happened when Blanchard came around the corner on interstate 91 and stuck Starr who was walking down the southbound lane. Blanchard reported to police on scene that he tried to miss Starr but was not successful.

Interstate 91 was closed for five hours between southbound exits nine and ten as emergency personnel and police responded to the incident. Vermont State Police crash reconstruction team and an unnamed aircraft systems program conducted an investigation, that investigation is still ongoing. At this time, no charges are expected to go against Blanchard. Anyone who witnessed or has information on the crash is asked to call Vermont State Police Royalton barracks at 802-234-9933.